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Off-Highway And Equipment Data Now Available In The Vehicle Configuration Database

The Auto Care Association in partnership with Power Systems Research has announced an Off-Highway and Equipment expansion of catalog standards to include non-automotive products.

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AMN Editor Amy Antenora has been reporting daily on the automotive aftermarket since 2002. She also is editor of AMN Global and serves as managing editor of Counterman magazine, AMN’s sister publication for the parts distribution segment. Prior to joining Babcox Media, Amy began her career as a newspaper reporter and went on to work in public relations for two state universities. She is a graduate of Kent State University and in 2009 earned the Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) designation from Northwood University’s University of the Aftermarket.

The Auto Care Association announced this week that the Vehicle Configuration Database (VCdb), a large part of the database backbone that supports the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES), has been extended to include non-automotive data with coverage from 1980-2019 in nine new segments. 

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By extending the coverage to include Off-Highway and Equipment, subscribers can now send all possible content information using ACES and PIES. This will eliminate the need for multiple content delivery options based on the type of product being sold and all product and content data can be sent using ACES and PIES. The nine new segments are: 

  • Agricultural
  • Construction
  • Industrial
  • Lawn and Garden
  • Marine Auxiliary
  • Marine Propulsion
  • Power Generation
  • Railway Segment
  • Recreational

These nine new segments translate to 172 application areas (including tractors, combines, off-highway trucks and more) as well as 229 product areas (including harvesters, 4WD tractors, sprayers and more).

“Auto Care’s commitment to this expanded vehicle table will enable Standard Motor Products to aggressively go after off-highway and equipment product sales that our organization has been unable to pursue until now,” said Phil Hutchins, vice president, strategic initiatives at Standard Motor Products. “We look forward to taking full advantage of this new opportunity.”

Off-Highway and Equipment Data in VCdb was made possible via a strategic partnership between Auto Care Association and Power Systems Research (PSR), a respected leader in market research, data development, analysis and forecasting for the global vehicle and power equipment industries.

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The Vehicle Configuration Database contains all application data that is used when sending content data using ACES and PIES. VCdb features always up-to-date standards, accessible anywhere to enable suppliers and receivers to speak the same product language across the supply chain and increase efficiencies.

The new data will be available in the Vehicle Configuration Database format to subscribers starting this month. 

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